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Building comp

Discussion in Hardware Hangout started by Coolbeans, Aug 9, 2009

  1. Jun 30, 2009
    Right i’m thinking of building a new computer for when i go to uni in a month or so

    Tbh i don't know a lot about hardware but i know a bit, i’m more software literate

    Here's my list, i just wondered if you could check this for me :grin:


    Quad Core Q8200 Retail Box Processor and Asus P5Q SE2 Motherboard

    Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Kit CL5 1.8v

    Western Digital WD7500AADS 750GB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache

    XFX GTS250 1GB DDR3 Dual DVI HDCP HDTV out PCI-E Graphics Card

    Arctic Power 700W PSU

    Arctic Cooling AC-FRZ-7P Freezer 7 Pro Socket 775 Processor Cooler

    Black Mid Tower Gaming Case With 12cm Tri-Colour Front Fan

    Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate w/SP1 - W/ Windows 7 Upgrade Offer Form - licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English


    I'd just like to know if there’s any compatibility issues and/or if there’s a suitable replacement for a part

    Its main use will be 3d modeling and animation. Rendering said animations. And ofcourse occasional gaming :biggrin:

    Thanks in advance
  2. Jun 7, 2008
  3. Jun 30, 2009

    thanks for the suggestion but the reason i picked the processor i did, was it is fairly cheap and comes bundled with the motherboard

    and buying the board and cpu seperate is more expensive (alos confuses the shit out of me as a motherboards a motherboard (different chipset and make obvs)? :razz:)

    so bar the slight dip on performance would the above parts work together?
  4. Feb 21, 2007
    If you are going with 64 bit OS, you might as well take advantage of it (exp since ur doing 3d modeling) and get 6 or 8 GB of ram. DDR2 ram is so cheap now, its almost a waste not too..

    and for your case, I might suggest this one. I have it, and it keeps everything nice and cool and it plenty quiet. Its also made of good quality materials so if you bump it you dont have to worry about it breaking.

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    The motherboard will probably be a mediocore motherboard. Not sure if you plan on overclocking or not, but it will be fine for normal use
  5. Jun 7, 2008
    you would have to buy a AMD motherboard which I think are cheaper than intel boards too but not that much.

    the phenom II 940 gives u 3.0ghz in 4 cores and its AM2+ so all you need to look for is a mobo that says it supports AM2+
    the 955 is a little bit faster 3.2 and is AM3 so ur board has to be AM3 (this is where you have to be careful) some boards support AM2/AM2+/AM3 some only go AM2/AM2+

    If you are on a budget you can go for the older phenoms, the 9850, 9650, 9950

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150466 <- 9950
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/164969 <- processor bundled in with urs

    I would say get a Phenom II 940

    I just looked there aren't any bundles with the AMD stuff so it's up to you, do you guys have a european counterpart of newegg.com?
  6. Oct 22, 2007
    I use the antec 1200 case and love how it keeps everything chill, but like what rets said the 900 is a great case and they go on sale all the time on newegg, you just have to catch it at the right time to save on them. The big thing is how much you want to spend for the performance you get out of it. Also i would do some research on the stuff before you make a final decision. That is what i did before i did my i7 build.
  7. Jun 7, 2008
    Go die viva
  8. Jun 30, 2009
    no i don't think so. I'm looking on ebuyer as it roughly the cheapest thing we have =\

    also i'l deffinetely consider the phenom II's. i just needed a rough idea of price, parts and compatability (thats why i put 4gb ram down i'd add more later)

    looks like i need to do more searching <_< heh

    any more ideas are welcome
  9. Apr 9, 2007
  10. Jun 30, 2009

    well im not really planning on doing aything other than standard use so mediocre is fine :razz:

    and the case is under a desk, and the light will amuse me and my sad student life xD

    (its most likely gonna change)
  11. Oct 22, 2007
    Lmao the antec cases are great cases, just pull enough air to collect dust fast, so you have to clean them a bit more than normal cases.

    Lol i love my i7 but i'll take a pic so you can stare at it and bitch lmao.
  12. Jan 7, 2009
    Here's another good (and cheaper) one from Antec, with all the pretty lights:
    Looks to be essentially the same as the 900. The only differences I could see were that it's maybe a little smaller, lacks the pretty side window, and I don't think you can move the HDD cages around. Oh, and it has a 120 on top instead of a 200mm.
  13. Oct 22, 2007
    but look how nice it looks when filled in a 1200, the 900 is just a fan size smaller in height.


    yea you enjoy that view poopy and have wet dreams of it!!!
  14. Jun 7, 2008
    Fuck you viva, you and your 6 ram slots and 295. That whole rig costs more than what I paid for my car...
  15. Jun 30, 2009

    all i see inside his case i a pile of money and lights :lol:

    serious, nice rig tho
  16. Jan 7, 2009
    I hope to be maybe getting a 275 soon (if they don't come out with something better by the time I can get it).

    OOH I know! I can ask for it as a year-late graduation present from my parents. I mean, hell, they got my sister some (probably) $3-400 camera for her graduation. And they threw her a party. And I got nothing from them. Fuck.

    /depressed rant

    But yeah, I'd say just go with the best stuff you can find that fits your budget. Figure out if there are places that you really want to improve performance in and can spend more money, and maybe places where you don't really need anything fancy and can cut back a bit. Just do a bit of research and you'll end up with something you're happy with.
  17. Oct 22, 2007
    Basically this
    hdd= faster just better load times, search, etc (faster rpm doesn't always mean better on this)
    memory= if you have around 6 gigs you should be fine, just make sure mobo runs as fast as you want ram
    cpu= can get a decent one but you can oc them if you get a good hsf like the true 120,
    gpu= for gaming and everything gonna be your main player for games but not so much in editing i think
    psu= corsair has some good ones and i went above the watts needed with a 1000 so it doesn't pull as much power, better on energy
    case= i said i like the antec because of the airflow, keeps everything cool and even now in the summer it stays well below specs
    keyboard= hell you can use anything but i like the g11 for binds and stuff, might be able to use the extra keys to speed stuff up in editing and such.
    mouse= get a g5, things are so smooth and you can set your sensitivity just perfect for how you like it and can bump it up or down on the spot.

    But as stated above, think on the things you need out of it the most and work from there, also it does pay though to get better quality stuff. Not cheaper, but don't have to worry about it crapping on you and pays off in the end i think.
  18. Jun 30, 2009
    taking into concideration peoples suggestions and more searching i've basically rewrote my list lol

    also i found a site that compared cpu's and the phenom does HQ/HD renders quicker so i went for that as its going to be one of the main uses

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

    ASUS M4A79 DELUXE 790FX Socket AM2+ 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

    MSI HD 4890 Cyclone OC 1GB GDDR5 Silent Fan DVI HDMI HDCP HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card

    Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Kit CL5 1.8v

    Hi-Power Black 800W 14cm Blue LED Fan PSU - 20+4pin 4x SATA 4x PCI-E

    CM Storm Scout Case - 120mm and 2x 140mm Fans Included

    Western Digital WD7500AADS 750GB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache

    i think it's better what about you guys ?
  19. Oct 22, 2007
    I would get the extra fans that don't come with case to keep it cool in there since i didn't see a hsf. never used MSI though so not sure about them.
  20. Jan 7, 2009